For months I watched Edgar walk around campus looking downcast, sometimes mad, and lost. When he would see me he would greet me with, “Hi Miss Taylor” and the best smile he could force. At the time I knew nothing about his past or the spiritual battle going on in his life.
This last Spring we took as many students as wanted to go to an ARME Bible Camp being held in Texas. While most of the students just soaked up the times of Bible Study and prayer, Edgar became more and more agitated. At one point he left the meetings.
Concerned about him I went looking for him and found him in a corner crying. As I sat down, Edgar exclaimed, “I don’t want to be here! I don’t want to know who God is! I can’t see Him and I can’t feel Him, so I don’t believe He is real!”
Edgar then began to tell me his story. He had always hung with the rough kids. He’d already been kicked out of three high schools before coming to the United States. He’d also stolen cars, set things on fires and created lots of problems. “My life is just a failure!” he sobbed. “I’ve even tried to kill myself three times, and I even failed doing that! I just don’t want to live any longer.”
After listening for a bit, I asked if I could gather a group to pray for him. Much to my surprise, he said yes.
We spent a long time praying for Edgar that night. We cried together as we prayed that God would help Edgar see that He was real and that He truly cares.
Suddenly during the prayer time, Edgar remembered a car accident that he’d been in previously. He hadn’t been wearing a seat belt and the car had flipped. A hand had grabbed his arm to help him out of the wreckage to safety. The hand had always been a mystery. But that night as we prayed, Edgar realized he had felt God. God had worked, via an angel, to help rescue him from that wreck. Happiness flooded Edgar’s soul as he recounted the miracle that he had forgotten.
As we parted that evening, I praised God for the breakthrough we’d experienced.
The next morning, I found myself being greeted by a young man with a huge smile and a completely different face…a face filled with joy and peace.
After returning to school Edgar had more challenges and trials but he has continued to grow in faith, to study the Bible and beam with excitement as he learns new things from God’s Word. He now wants to share his love for God with his family so they too may have the same joy and peace that he has found.
At the end of the school year, Edgar made his commitment to God public and was baptized. Once again we wept together, only this time they were tears of joy instead of pain.
This young man who once set things on fire for fun has now been set on fire for God.
Kat Taylor writes from Oklahoma where she serves as the girl’s dean of Oklahoma Academy. Edgar is now attending the University of Montemorelos in Mexico and has given permission for his testimony to be shared.
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